I see Steinbeck through a new light. I am a pearl. But not just any pearl, I am The Pearl. The Pearl that changes lives And changes hearts. I am Steinbeck’s pearl. Waiting. Waiting. Until some is just lucky enough to find me Hidden in my shell. And that person was you. I didn’t look like much, But you knew better. You chose me anyway. And you were in awe of what you found beneath the surface. And you were instantly rich. You knew you were blessed to have found me. But you knew you had some new troubles too. You knew that men knew of the treasure you held. You knew that they would try to take that from you. You knew you could stop them. But not for long. When trouble came and you took me and fled. But I was not safe. Nothing was safe. Because you would not let me go, Trouble took the one thing you cared about more. And because it was too much To look me in the eye. Because everything had started when you found me. You let me go too. You threw me back where you found me.